What a great Wednesday! We started out early and were on the tube by about 8:30 a.m. It was a mad house! As we got nearer and nearer downtown London the car we were in got more and more crammed. Luckily as we approached King’s Cross / St. Pancras station (our 16th station on today’s route) some people had left and there was room to breathe again.
Amber had already made us train reservations to/from Cambridge. Apparently it’s about 21 pounds each to ride the 60 miles north to Cambridge, and free to return. I love that idea! We had the express train both ways and it was fast and wonderful. Speed signs along the way said 70 or more mph. Zoom!
Once in Cambridge we took a local bus into the heart of the city. Cambridge is a “university” city and it happened to be between terms, so many of the 31 colleges strewn throughout the city were closed. That meant that there were not as many places we could get in to, as we’d hoped.
Our main goal of the Cambridge visit was to see the King’s College Chapel – which we did. It’s amazing inside, and we were allowed to take photos. This chapel contains the largest single span of vaulted roof in the world and 26 stained glass windows from the 16th century.
After that we wandered around the city. There are about 100,000 people living in Cambridge, with (we calculate) about 100,000 bikes. The only people who were not riding bikes were the tourists. It was nice to be out of London walking in a small town and just seeing the sites.
We were assaulted time and time again by students offering “punting cruises” – quasi-Venice canal type rides on a little stream that goes through town. We declined, time and time again.
Amber and Patrick visited a small children’s bookstore and I hit up the homemade fudge store.
The train ride back into London was uneventful and Patrick and I each enjoyed an “Upper Crust” fresh baquette – mmmmm. To quote Patrick: “it was f***ing awesome”. This was after Amber and Patrick had each had one for an early lunch too!